Generic Name: Olanzapine
Brand Name: Zyprexa*
Drug Category: Anti-Psychotics
Dosage Form: Tablet
Manufacturer's Name: Sun Pharma
Generic for Zyprexa*(Olanzapine) is an atypical anti-psychotic medication used for treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Generic for Zyprexa*(Olanzapine) is used to treat psychotic and emotional conditions such as bipolar disorder (moderate-to-severe manic episodes) and schizophrenia. It is also used in combination with other medications to treat depression.
Drug Class and Mechanism:
Generic for Zyprexa* belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics.
Generic for Zyprexa* works by restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals (dopamine and serotonin) in the brain. This helps improve symptoms such as disorganized thinking, mood, behavior, nervousness, hallucinations and so on.
The dosage of Generic for Zyprexa* depends on your medical condition and history. Always follow the dosage instructions as prescribed by your physician or as mentioned on the prescription drug label. Do not overdose or suddenly stop taking Generic for Zyprexa* without consulting your doctor.
How should Generic for Zyprexa* be taken?
Take Generic for Zyprexa* at the same time each day. It can be taken with or without food.
Generic for Zyprexa* tablet should be taken with a glass of water. It is usually taken once a day.
Generic for Zyprexa* Missed Dosage:
If you have missed a dose of Generic for Zyprexa*, take one immediately as soon as you remember. But if it is already time for your next scheduled dosage, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as prescribed. Do not take extra dose to compensate for a missed dose.
Generic for Zyprexa* Overdosage:
Overdose of any medication can lead to serious consequences. Seek emergency medical attention if you suspect an overdose of Generic for Zyprexa*. Overdose symptoms of Generic for Zyprexa* include drowsiness, aggression, confusion, agitation, uncontrolled muscle movements and fainting.
As with any other medications, Generic for Zyprexa* can cause a few side effects. However, many people have either minor or no side effects. It should be noted that side effects of Generic for Zyprexa* cannot be anticipated. Consult your doctor if there is a change in intensity of any side effects of Generic for Zyprexa*.
Serious Side Effects of Generic for Zyprexa*:
- unusual hoarseness
- changes in vision
- loss of memory
- trouble swallowing
Common or Less Serious Side Effects of Generic for Zyprexa*:
- dry mouth
- weight gain
- increased appetite
- speech problems
- joint or back pain
This list does not include all possible side effects associated with Generic for Zyprexa*. If you would like more information on Generic for Zyprexa* side effects, talk to your doctor for expert medical advice.
WWhen Generic for Zyprexa* is taken with other medication or food, drug interactions can occur. Also, certain habits like smoking, consumption of alcohol and caffeine as well as the use of illegal drugs can affect the way a medicine works. Inform your doctor if you take any other prescription medications, non-prescription medications, and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Generic for Zyprexa* can interact with high blood pressure medications, anti-histamines, narcotic pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and Parkinson's disease medications.
Some of the drugs that can interact with Generic for Zyprexa* are as follows:
This list is not complete and it may be noted that there may be other medications that can interact with Generic for Zyprexa*.
When taking Generic for Zyprexa*, it is highly recommended that consumption of alcohol be avoided altogether. When alcohol is taken along with Generic for Zyprexa*, it can increase the occurrence and severity of side effects of the drug or may worsen your mental illness.
Generic for Zyprexa* Contraindications:
Before taking Generic for Zyprexa*, inform your doctor about all of your medical conditions or allergies, any medications you are using and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as these factors may affect the way you should take this medication.
Check with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver/heart disease
- Breast cancer
- Bowel problems
- High cholesterol
Generic for Zyprexa* use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
Inform your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy or if you have become pregnant while taking Generic for Zyprexa*.
Certain medications can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. While taking Generic for Zyprexa*, do not breastfeed your baby.
Generic for Zyprexa* for Elderly use:
Generic for Zyprexa* is not recommended for elderly patients suffering from dementia.
Generic for Zyprexa* for Pediatric use:
Generic for Zyprexa* is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression) in children who are 13 to 17 years of age.
Generic for Zyprexa* Storage Instruction:
Generic for Zyprexa* can be stored at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Keep medication out of the reach of children and pets.
The information provided here is a summary only and is intended to serve as a supplement and not a substitute for the knowledge and judgment of your physician. It should never be presumed that the use of Generic for Zyprexa* can be safe or effective for your medical condition. Always consult your physician or medical practitioner about the use of this or any other drug.